Wednesday, January 5, 2011

intro Moresque lampe

Hey everyone, this is my first instructable, and i would like to share with you, how to make this Moresque inspired Lamp.

The lamp can be made either with some thick paper or some thin plywood ( 1- 3 mm ).

In this exemple i will make it with plywood ( 3 mm thickness )

Unfortunetly i Cannot afford a laser cutter, so i will use the traditinal way to cut the pieces.

Moresque lampe

This is as i wrote my first instructable, but i will try to explain the design work, and the work prcess in an easy way .. please comment if something isnt clear :)
Moresque lampe

step 1: The design

Traveling to southern spain and morocco, you will be amazed by the old mosaic, i was always fascinated by these , drawing them all the times, a quick search on the internet i found patterns, and some mathematical models for making a spehere out of the pattern.

so that was my inspiration :)
The design

step 2: What do you need ?

Made by thick paper :

- you will need some sheets of paper
- scissors
- glue

Made by plywood

- some plywood sheets ( no thick than 3 mm )
- alots of Brads ( no less than 288 !! )
- material to saw your patterns

AND of cours the patterns !
What do you need ?

step 3Cutting the patterns !

well . .you can cut them the traditional way, just print the patterns and glue it the wood and use a drill and a saw. or if you own a cnc machine or a laser cutter - i am not that lucky :) - it will make the job much more easier.

If you are using carton or paper well, print them and use your scissors :)

Once CUT ... we preceed
cutting the patterns !
cutting the patterns !
cutting the patterns !

step 4Connecting things together

before connecting the pieces together i put then i a sink of water fr 10 min, just so they bend easely. but if you are using very thin plywood ( 1 mm - 1,5 mm ) you dont need that !

then to connect them


make sure to connect the stars to the triangles first in such manner that the shorteste "arm" of the star ( the black dot in the picture ) shoud connect to the middle arm of the triangle .. just look at the picture :)

And the use the brads to secure them in place togheter or use the glue if you are using paper.

then finish by cutting the sticking part of the brads.

Connecting things together
Connecting things together
Connecting things together

step 5Keep Connecting !

for making the "skeleton" of the lamp, you need :

8 square patterns in a row ( will be bend at the end to make a circle,

the patterns are connected together with the part we made from the earlier step ( you will need 8 of these in total - 4 at the top of the "skeleton " and 4 and the buttom of the skeleton )

just look at the images

and finish the step , by connecting the end of the "skeleton" to make a circle.
Keep Connecting !
Keep Connecting !
Keep Connecting !
Keep Connecting !

step 6Keep Connecting !

connectall the pieces together, to finish the lamp, and secure it wit the bradsm r the glue if you are using paper.
Keep Connecting !

step 7

The finished Lamp .... enjoy :)

and a picture of a new model, wich follows the same principle ( wrking on it )


  1. very nice! the lamp and also the work hanging on the wall! thank you so much!

  2. hi! loved the design, looks really sweet!!! is it possible to get the original patterns you used so I can just print it out and start making your lovely lamp? thanks x bademah

  3. Would it be possible to upload the pattern you used? I'd love to try making one of your lamps out of cardboard, it's beautiful!

  4. Kindly post the pattern. Thank you.

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  6. As the other posters have requested, is it possible for you to share the patterns with us as a graphics file or as an autoCAD file?